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Fortify Your University’s Economic Development Efforts Through the EDA’s University Center Grant Program

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, July 15, 2021

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center Grant Program is designed to enable universities to focus on leveraging their assets and build economic ecosystems that support innovation and entrepreneurship. This grant-based initiative allows university centers to concentrate on cultivating innovation to advance high-growth entrepreneurship, while encouraging business expansion and developing a highly skilled regional workforce.

The University of Maryland is a great example of the EDA’s university center concept’s success. When the university first obtained grant funding 10 years ago, their economic development plan was all but non-existent. Recognizing the growth potential in the region, thought leaders at UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth came together and began to analyze and gather data that would serve to drive their growth plan. An economic development office was born, and it collaborates with tech transfer leadership and the NCSG’s researchers in charge of the grant. They work together to attract and encourage business partners to plant roots in the region, work closely with university researchers, and take advantage of technology parks and community outreach programs.

The UMD experience serves as a beacon for other university center programs and, in areas where funding isn’t available yet, as a roadmap for their economic growth plan.

To give other universities an inside look at the university center program in action – and how it provides valuable support for regional growth through innovation — our Distance Learning Division has teamed up with the thought leaders at UMD to bring you this compelling webinar:

Fortify Your University’s Economic Development Efforts Through the EDA’s University Center Grant Program

Please join C. Scott Dempwolf, PhD, and Alla Corey McCoy for this strategy-filled program. Here’s a quick look at the agenda:

  • Understanding the EDA’s criteria for University Center funding
  • Insight into what data and analytics are captured to drive the economic process
  • How and where to gather such data
  • Identifying and earmarking university assets to drive economic development decisions
  • Building your economic development leadership team
  • Success stories and lessons learned along the way

Meet your session leaders:

C. Scott Dempwolf, PhD
Director of the UMD-Morgan State Center for Economic Development
Assistant Research Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Program
University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Dempwolf’s research examines relationships between innovation, manufacturing and economic development in global and regional contexts. He practiced community and economic development for over 20 years at the neighborhood, city, county and regional levels prior returning to academia.

Dr. Dempwolf earned his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at UMD; a Masters in Community and Regional Planning at Temple University; and a Bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alla Corey McCoy
Director, StartUp Support
University of Maryland, College Park

Alla Corey McCoy has developed and launched Faculty Startup Support program at the University of Maryland in 2018. Alla joined UM Ventures – College Park as a Technology Licensing Associate for Information Sciences in 2013. 

Prior to UM Ventures, Alla worked at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship designing and managing experiential learning opportunities for student entrepreneurs. During her tenure, Alla also worked with regional entrepreneurs and investors, in particular she managed Dingman Center’s angel investor group.

Prior to joining the Dingman Center, Alla spent 8 years in the publishing industry. She led marketing, publicity, and sales efforts for small independent publishers specializing in professional, trade, and academic titles.

Alla completed her MBA at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, in May 2013, and received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature and from the State University of Moldova.

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